New iPhones, iPads and Apple TV: a roundup of today’s announcements

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

That’s all, folks. Apple’s highly anticipated ‘Hey Siri’ event has come and gone. All announcements have been made, all products have been unveiled, and we finally got a glimpse of long-rumored, top secret Apple projects like the super-sized iPad Pro and the new Apple TV.

A lot has happened in the last several hours, and we understand it can be difficult to keep track of everything throughout the day. So as usual, we’ve put together an awesome roundup of everything important you need to know from today’s event and subsequent reports. Read More


Have a look at Apple’s new iPhone docks and cases

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

In addition to the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple on Wednesday announced new accessories for its next-generation handsets. The products didn’t get much stage time, but listed on Apple’s website are a new Lightning dock, leather and silicon cases, in new colorways.

The new dock is very similar to the one Apple announced in May, except now it’s available in iPhone-matching colors Gold, Rose Gold, Space Gray and Silver. It’s compatible with all late-model iPhones and iPod touches, and will be available for online order today for $49. Read More


Apple announces iPhone Upgrade Program: get a new iPhone every year starting at $32/month

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

Alongside its new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple on Wednesday announced the iPhone Upgrade Program. It’s an in-house upgrade program, similar to the installment plans carriers offer, which allows you to get a new iPhone every year for a monthly fee. Read More


Apple brings your photos to life with Live Photos

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

During the iPhone 6s section of today’s Apple event, Apple SVP Phil Schiller announced an incredible new feature called Live Photos. As the name suggests, Live Photos will essentially bring your photos to life by capturing small snippets (1.5 seconds) of video right before and after you take a photo.

You’ll be able to view the Live Photos on your iPhone 6s by activating 3D Touch, and Apple says playback will be available on Photos in El Capitan on the Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even Apple Watch. And since they’re not technically videos, it claims they don’t take up much more space than photographs. Read More


3D Touch: a brand new way to interact with your iPhone

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

Apple this morning unveiled its next-generation smartphone, the iPhone 6s. While it looks virtually the same as last year’s model on the outside, the inside contains tons of brand new technology—including an incredible feature called 3D Touch.

Built on the Force Touch technology first introduced in the Apple Watch, 3D Touch allows the iPhone to detect the force of a touch, opening the doors for new gestures, menus and shortcuts. Here are some of the ways you’ll be using the new feature. Read More


Apps and games make their way to Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

Apple on Wednesday announced a new version of the Apple TV, and it is awesome. It has a redesigned remote control, a refreshed interface, and support for voice commands via Siri. But what really pushes the device over the top is its support for native apps and games.

As expected, the next-generation set-top box features an App Store, and Apple invited some developers up on stage today to give us an idea of its potential. The game you see above is a Wii Sports-like motion game, called Beats Sports, from Rock Band developer Harmonix. Read More


iPad Pro starts at $799, available in November

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

Apple just took the wraps off of its long rumored, 12.9-inch iPad Pr. As expected, the device is incredibly powerful and features two unique (and sold-separately) accessories: a smart keyboard cover and a pressure-sensative stylus it’s calling the Apple Pencil.

For those wondering when you’ll be able to grab one of the new iPads, and how much it’s going to cost you, Apple just announced that the tablet will be available in November, with a starting price of $799 for the entry-level model, which features 32GB of storage. Read More


Apple introduces new Pencil stylus for iPad Pro

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

Following its announcement of the long-rumored iPad Pro, Apple introduced two new accessories for the 12.9-inch tablet. The first is the keyboard, which you can read about here, and the second is a stylus accessory that the company is calling the ‘Apple Pencil.’

Apple used a traditional Jony Ive-voiceover video to unveil the Pencil, with the newly-appointed Chief Design Officer saying “Apple Pencil is designed to look and feel like a familiar tool. Highly responsive sensors built into Pencil can sense pressure, tilt, and stroke.” Read More


Apple unveils new Apple Watch models and bands, shipping today

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2015

Apple kicked off its big “Hey Siri” event this morning by talking about the Apple Watch. The company announced several new upcoming apps from the platform, including Facebook Messenger, a GoPro companion app, and a really cool app called AirStrip which is billed as a “game-changer for healthcare.”

In addition to new apps, Apple also unveiled new Watch models and bands. Perhaps the most interesting new models is the Apple Watch Hermes, which was developed in conjunction with the popular luxury designer. There are also new gold and rose gold anodized models for the Apple Watch Sport. Read More


Join iDB for tomorrow’s Apple event

By Cody Lee on Sep 8, 2015

Apple’s ‘Hey Siri’ event is now less than a day away, and anticipation couldn’t be higher. We’re expecting a jam-packed keynote tomorrow with new iPhones, the first Apple TV update in more than 3 years, new Apple Watch bands, and possibly even the long-rumored iPad Pro.

Apple has said that it will be streaming the festivities to its website and various iOS devices, but for those who won’t be able to watch the keynote live, iDB has you covered. We will be here all day, providing coverage of all announcements made before, during and after the event. Read More


Apple adds more “Hey Siri, give us a hint” jokes leading up to its big iPhone event

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 7, 2015

When Apple sent out invitations for its upcoming iPhone and Apple TV event, it included the tagline: “Hey Siri, give us a hint.” Asking Siri to lend a hint encourages the personal assistant to troll users with comedic “answers” about the big event.

Well, apparently Apple isn’t done having fun, as it’s updated Siri’s responses with some new answers just ahead of its event on Wednesday. Some of the answers are quite clever, and in one of them, Siri even responds with message in binary. Read More


What we can expect from Apple’s September 9 event

By Cody Lee on Sep 5, 2015

As it has done for the past few years, Apple is gearing up for a major media event this month. In late August, the company sent out invitations for an event taking place on Wednesday, September 9, at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

The teaser tagline on the invite reads “Hey Siri, give us a hint,” but otherwise, Apple has been silent regarding its plans for the keynote. Never fear, though, as months of rumors, reports and component leaks have given us a pretty good idea of what to expect. Read More


September 9 event wallpapers: “Hey Siri, give us a hint”

By Jim Gresham on Aug 27, 2015

On Thursday, August 27, Apple released the media invitation for an event on September 9. The fall announcements typically highlight updates for iOS devices. Sometimes iPhone and iPad are announced separately, but it is estimated both devices will receive a refresh in the coming weeks.

In line with new invitations, the web quickly rushes to build corresponding, celebratory wallpapers. Inside, we have some quick work done by avid iDB readers. Within hours, they shared their collections and we pass them on to you. Read More


Apple to live-stream September 9 media event

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

Those not in attendance will be happy to learn that Apple just confirmed it will provide a live-stream of its upcoming September 9 media event.

Like the company’s major events held in the past two years, the September 9 event should be presented at the micro-site in the blog format, with cherry-picked tweets, juicy photos and quotes updating in real-time right below the video stream.

The iPhone maker sent out invites for the press conference earlier today. Invite graphics sports the colorful Apple logo and a tagline reading “Hey Siri, give us a hint”. Read More


Apple sends out invites for September 9th event: ‘Hey Siri, give us a hint’

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 27, 2015

As expected, Apple has sent out invitations to for its iPhone event to be held on Wednesday, September 9th, 2015. The event will go down at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Fransisco, CA starting at 10am PST.

It’s widely expected that the main topic of the event will be the new iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus. We also expect to see follow-up details on iOS 9 along with its launch date, along with information on OS X El Capitan. Read More


Apple rumored to hold September event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Apple has rented out the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco for its all-but-confirmed September iPhone event, reports Hoodline. The publication says it has seen documentation from event logistics indicating the company has the building through September 12th.

Today’s news follows speculation from earlier this week that Apple is behind a mysterious “trade show” booking at the Civic Auditorium for the first two weeks in September. On Monday, SFPD officers and private security guards began patrolling the grounds at the building. Read More


Jony Ive, Jimmy Iovine to speak at upcoming Vanity Fair event

By Cody Lee on Aug 26, 2015

Apple’s chief of design Jony Ive and Beats co-founder Jimmy Iovine are set to speak at an upcoming Vanity Fair event. The publication just announced that the pair will join a cornucopia of tech and entertainment luminaries at its New Establishment Summit in October.

Ive spoke at last year’s VF New Establishment Summit, touching on a number of interesting topics such as his design process, relationship with Steve Jobs and thoughts on copycats. So we’re anxious to see what he has to say when this year’s event kicks off on October 5th. Read More


Apple expected to debut new iPhones, iPads and Apple TV on September 9

By Cody Lee on Aug 7, 2015

Apple is planning an event for Wednesday, September 9 to announce new products, according to BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski. The well-connected reporter is hearing that the company will use the stage to unveil new iPhones, iPads and Apple TV.

In line with previous rumors, Paczkowski says the new iPhones—which the press has been referring to as the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus—will feature pressure-sensitive Force Touch displays, improved camera systems and significantly faster processors. Read More


New Apple TV coming in September with full App Store, report says

By Cody Lee on Jul 30, 2015

We are finally going to see the long-rumored update to Apple’s set-top box this fall, reports BuzzFeed’s John Paczkowski. The well-connected journalist says sources have informed him that the company plans to introduce a new Apple TV in September.

Pacszkowski says to expect a slimmer chassis and new internals, anchored around Apple’s A8 processor. He also says the remote has been “drastically improved” with a built-in touchpad for input, and there will be a native App Store and developer kit. Read More


Microsoft event recap: Visual Studio for Mac, new Office add-ons and more

By Cody Lee on Apr 29, 2015

Microsoft just wrapped up this morning’s lengthy Build 2015 keynote in San Francisco, California, where it mades several announcements. Most of the stage time was devoted to upcoming products like the HoloLens and the new Windows 10 platform, but there was some talk of iOS and Mac in there, which we’ve rounded up for you. Read More

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